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Recently, at Thembalethu Primary School in Lusikisiki, a proud Anele Mdoda joined Domestos, partners and donors to break ground as construction begins for new toilets entirely crowd-funded by South African businesses and citizens. The crowd-funding campaign, launched on World Toilet Day, received cash donations of over R130 000 from businesses and consumers, but the bulk of the donations came in kind from a handful of key investors who have donated materials and services towards the construction. Read the full story on page 8. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Minister Sisulu to hand over working tools The Department of Small Business Development, under the leadership of Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, is expected to hand over working tools and equipment to more than 200 informal traders in Mqanduli, as part of the department’s informal micro enterprise programme. This was revealed by department officials, led by Deputy Minister of Labour, Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa, during their visit to meet street vendors and hawkers in Mqanduli, discussing the possibility of boosting the local economy by supporting informal businesses. The programme was designed to support informal traders across all sectors, whether they were running businesses from home or selling on the street. The 200 informal traders received work tools to the value of R10 000 each. Read the full story on page 2.

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Minister Sisulu to hand over working tools HOSEYA JUBASE THE Department of Small Business Development, under the leadership of Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, is expected to hand over working tools and equipment to more than 200 informal traders in Mqanduli, as part of the department’s informal micro enterprise programme. This was revealed by department officials, led by Deputy Minister of Labour, Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa, during their visit to meet street vendors and hawkers in Mqanduli, discussing the possibility of boosting the local economy by supporting informal businesses. Emmanuel Mshweshwe, from the Department of Small Business Development, explained that the programme was designed to support informal traders across all sectors, whether they were running businesses from home or selling on the street. The 200 informal traders received work tools to the value of R10 000 each. During the recent meeting with the department officials, street vendors and hawkers looked excited as they signed

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forms to request funding. The handover of these resources is expected to take place in two weeks’ time and it was confirmed that all those who signed forms would receive equipment like wheelbarrows, laptops, cellphones and baking stoves. According to the department, the programme had already assisted more than 2 000 people throughout the Eastern Cape. Officials urged business owners to learn from foreign people instead of accusing them of taking their customers and jobs. Mshweshwe said the programme was designed to implement government development goals of improving the livelihood of South Africans, in terms of eradicating poverty and ensuring that job opportunities were created and that inequality was eliminated. “The programme is focused on women, youth, people living with disabilities and unemployed people. “It caters for all informal businesses, whether you are registered or not registered, who are making a turnover of less than R200 000 a month.” The informal traders were asked to submit only their bank statements and copies of their identity documents in order to

qualify for the grant. One of the Mqanduli hawkers, who has been selling clothes in and around the streets of Mqanduli since 1990, Nowandile

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November (54), said she was doing her business without machines and hoped that the grant would help them to grow their businesses.

Deputy Labour Minister Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa addresses the hawkers.

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Protestors want to meet Ramaphosa BABALWA NDLANYA COMMUNITY members from Lalini locality in Qumbu are threatening to close down the N2 road if the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa does not come to listen to their grievances about Lalini Multi-purpose Dam, which was supposed to be built in their locality, but the Department of Water and Sanitation opted not to go ahead with the project. This threat followed a visit by Ramaphosa to the King Sabatha Dalindyebo Local Municipality, during the ANC’s election campaign. According to one of the leaders, Bhanile Nomanqina, when Ramaphosa was in Mthatha last week, they made arrangements to speak to him about the dam which was supposed to be built in the Lalini area, but they failed to meet him due to his tight schedule. “We made the necessary arrangements because we wanted clarity about the dam which was going to help our community members, but

we were later told that the dam would be built in Port St Johns,” said Nomanqina. He added that they wrote a letter to the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Gugile Nkwinti, but were told that the dam was not catered for in the department’s budget. Community member, Malibongwe Socikwa, said they when they were informed about the new dam, they were promised that they would get jobs, water and electricity but now those promises had vanished. “We are very disappointed because we thought that we would manage to get jobs. “What is worse is that we don’t get a proper response (from the government),” said Socikwa. He also mentioned that they had problems with the quality of the road to Shawburry and they had complained about it several times but nothing was happening. The spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation, Ratau Sputnik, said community members should be patient because there was still a lot to be done regarding this project.

Community members from Lalini locality in Qumbu protest to demand answers about the multi-purpose dam they said they were promised by the Department of Water and Sanitation. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

He said that they were never going to build a big dam in Lalini. It was just going to be a weir. “There’s still a long way to go to finalise this and Nkwinti said people should understand that

there is a lot to be considered before the final decision is made,” said Sputnik. He said protesting would not be a solution because the protestors would not get any answers that way.

Minister shocked as dialogue lays bare EC health challenges LUVO CAKATA HAVING no fully fledged oncology unity, no child psychiatrist in the entire OR Tambo region, poor infrastructure that leads to emergency service delays in getting patients to point of care and medico-legal claims were some of the prominent issues discussed at a health dialogue addressed by ANC national executive committee member and Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi on May 1. The dialogue was held at the Savoy Hotel in Mthatha and was organised by the Ward 6 branch of the ANC, together with professionals in the health profession within the OR

Tambo region. Speaking at the event, Dr Theo Mbambisa, from the South African Medical Association (SAMA), stressed the need for regular and ongoing engagements between the association and government, especially on National Health Insurance (NHI) and the role that health professionals would be playing in the project. “General practitioners (GPs) in the OR Tambo region are very frustrated with the treatment they receive from government in terms of the implementation of NHI, as they have no idea what role they will play,” said Mbambisa.

Mbambisa further revealed, to the shock of Motsoaledi, that Mthatha did not have a functioning catheterisation laboratory, saying despite having a lab with equipment, the facility was not functioning due to the lack of specialist doctors to operate it. The dialogue further learned that medico-legal claims were threatening the sustainability of the health profession, with many speakers at the event saying doctors no longer regarded patients as people needing treatment, but potential litigants. Responding to some of the challenges raised, Motsoaledi conceded that medico-legal claims posed a major threat to the health pro-

Workers air grievances as Workers’ Day rally turns chaotic LUVO CAKATA A RALLY organised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), to mark Workers’ Day on May 1 was overshadowed by workers expressing their dissatisfaction with logistical arrangements of the event.

The drama started when hundreds in attendance at Walter Sisulu University Stadium became unruly, complaining of the main stage that housed trade union leaders and other dignitaries being too far away from them. Workers then began chanting and singing songs, demanding that dignitaries leave the

Labour Department regional manager Sakhiwo Mapukata, left, and Eastern Cape Health Department Superintendent General Thobile Mbengashe, right, sign the petition read at a Workers’ Day Rally in Mthatha by Cosatu regional secretary, Noluthando Ncipa, centre.

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main stage and come and continue the programme nearer where they were seated, as well as demanding speakers address them in IsiXhosa instead of English. Dignitaries finally gave in, abandoned the stage and continued with the programme under the sun, without shelter. Reading from the petition handed in to government officials on the day, Cosatu OR Tambo regional secretary, Noluthando Ncipa, mainly called for the implementation of the national minimum wage. “Cosatu demands an end to outsourcing, the implementation of the national minimum wage by all employers in the security and cleaning sectors and the permanent employment of all casual workers by government, security and cleaning companies,” read part of the petition. The petition further demanded adequate provision of resources at hospitals and clinics, recruitment and employment of core health personnel, as well as end to privatisa-

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PSA takes to streets BABALWA NDLANYA SCORES of members of the Public Servants Association (PSA) celebrated Workers’ Day by marching through the streets of Mthatha, last week. After the march, they gathered at Mthatha Town Hall. According to the provincial manager of PSA, Mziwamadoda Maxakana, they hosted a march with the aim of talking about the challenges their members were facing in their workplaces. “We heard that the government is planning to give 30 000 public servants their early pensions from the age of 55. “This is one of the things that we want to discuss with our members and give them advice where needed. “We also informed them about their benefits

because most of them used to complain about the performance management and development system policy (PMDS), saying they were not being assessed,” said Maxakana. He said they also wanted to prepare for next year when the association would be celebrating its centenary. He said protestors came from all the districts within the Eastern Cape. PSA national manager, Jeff Esitang, said Workers’ Day was put aside for public servants to voice out all the problems they had in the workplace or in social institutions. He said PSA was an affiliate of the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa). “We will make sure that we are doing all we can to assist our members in whatever problems they have. “We also advise them when there is a need to do so,” said Esitang.

Members of the Public Servants Association (PSA) marched through the streets of Mthatha, last week in celebration of Worker’s Day. PHOTO:BABALWA NDLANYA

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Municipality injects R1.5 million into ECD centres LUVO CAKATA NYANDENI Local Municipality has unveiled a fourth early childhood development (ECD) centre, built through the R1.5 million budget spent by the municipality in the current 2018/2019 financial year ending on June 30. The centre is situated at Mahoyana locality outside Libode and will be known as Nobambo Singata Preschool. It is named after one of the champions of development and a late traditional leader in the area, which falls under Ward 1 of the Nyandeni Municipality. Nyandeni Municipality portfolio head responsible for community services, Councillor Winile Ngaveli, described the opening of the centre as part of the municipality’s commitment to build a strong education foundation for the region’s learners. Ngaveli further said the mission of the municipality was to ensure that children were developed for mainstream education

at an early age, saying they wanted children to be sent to early childhood development centres from as young as two years old. Education Department circuit manager for the OR Tambo Coastal District, Nceba Mda, described the opening of the Nobambo Singata Preschool as a step in the right direction towards ensuring a bright future for the children. He further thanked all stakeholders who had played a role in having the centre built in the area, as children previously used a community member’s house as a preschool prior to the building of the new structure. The Nyandeni Municipality has also built and handed over three other early childhood centres in the current financial year. They are situated in wards 13, 24 and 30. It is also one of the leading municipalities in the OR Tambo district in building of ECD centres, with a total of 26, 17 of which have been directly built by the municipality over the years.

Nyandeni Local Municipality portfolio head for community services, Councillor Winile Ngaveli, cuts the ribbon to signal the official opening of the ECD centre. Looking on are local chief Noma-Afrika ‘Zanozuko’ Singata, Nceba Mda from the Department of Education, Ward 1 councillor Selborne Nogumla and Reverend Thembalihle Msweli, from the Apostolic Faith Mission. PHOTO:LUVO CAKATA

NCR urges consumers to collect their cards from credit providers REPORTER THE National Credit Regulator (NCR) has urged all consumers whose bank cards, SASSA cards and identity documents were taken by credit providers to collect them. According to the NCR chief executive officer, Nomsa Motshegare, in terms of the Na-

tional Credit Act (NCA), it is illegal and also a criminal offence for credit providers to retain any consumer instruments such as identity documents, bank or SASSA cards as a way to enforce credit agreements. “Consumers should report such matters to their local South African Police Service (SAPS) and the NCR,” Motshegare advised. She said between January and March of this

year, the NCR conducted six raids together with SAPS where five criminal cases were opened. “During these raids, 411 bank, SASSA cards and 37 consumer instruments (identity documents, passports and driver’s licences) were seized.” Motshegare said in a week where general elections were being held it was not acceptable

that credit providers were retaining consumers’ identity documents, as this prevented them from being able to vote. “In addition, consumers must avoid credit providers who require them to hand over their identity documents or cards before they get credit as this is usually coupled with reckless lending and overcharging,” Motshegare added.

Women empowered on domestic violence HOSEYA JUBASE THE champion for women in the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, who is also a founder of Wiin (Women Integral Impact Network), Francesca Fondse, urged women to work together as a unit, in order to achieve their goals and overcome domestic violence. She was encouraging hundreds of women gathered next to Plaza Mall in Mthatha recently. The aim of the gathering was to empower women with knowledge and support to prevent and overcome the effects of domestic violence to all women around rural areas. During the meeting with the women, she said their aim was to create an economic viability in all communities to eradicate domestic violence.

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“It is very clear that when there is more poverty there is more violence. We also want to create a national network for women’s groups to collaborate with other groups in other areas of the country to help women professionally.” Fondse established Wiin in 2017 as an outreach programme to upskill and train women all over the South Africa. The activist and businesswoman spent about four days in Mthatha moving around assessing projects owned by women in the rural areas. “We go out there assessing what action is possible and what new projects we can bring to the area, creating businesses and SMMEs.” Wiin’s anti-women abuse programme is being run in collaboration with Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, together with the United Nations. Fondse defined violence as every situation that separates human beings from personal

responsibility. The champion against intimate femicide, said she was born with the desire to see human transformation. During her Mthatha visit, she also appointed Brenda Mkhwe as the Eastern Cape ambassador for Wiin. Mkhwe said she was thrilled and ready for all the responsibilities of being an ambassador to pilot the programme in and around the province. A self-employed woman, Mkhwe appealed to entrepreneurs to firstly register their businesses. Wiin Women’s next free training workshop will focus on agriculture, technology, recapitalisation of water system and tourism in creating exposure for women. From left are Thembakazi Madaka, Brenda Mkhwe and Francesca Fondse.

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Stakeholders honour Sisulu by making improvements to her old school BABALWA NDLANYA

partments started by planting trees before doing walkabouts at Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu THE Eastern Cape MEC for Education, Mlungi- Senior Primary School. si Mvoko, planted trees at the former home of Mvoko was checking on the good work that the political activist, Albertina Sisulu, at Xolobe had been done by three stakeholders, the Road Accident Fund (RAF), Industrial Development locality in Tsomo last week. Corporation (IDC) and Maths and Science InfinMvoko and other officials from different de- ity (MSI), who renovated this primary school with the aim of celebrating the centenary of Sisulu. According to the head of corporate social investment (CSI) at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Tebogo Molefe, they took the decision to renovate the school because it was where Sisulu had done her lower grades of primary school education. “To fulfil our plan (in partnership) with our stakeholders, we decided to paint the classrooms and made other changes,” said Molefe. She said the IDC was doing this for the first time at this Reverend Vumile Mandila and Reverend Sakhile Zele from the school but they had a relationAnglican Church, Superintendent General from the Department ship with four other Eastern of Education, Temba Kojana and the Chief of Xolobe locality, Cape schools, which they Chief Jongisizwe Ngcongolo, witness Eastern Cape MEC for started in 2013. Education, Mlungisi Mvoko, plant trees in the home of Albertina Molefe said they had an Sisulu. PHOTO: BABALWA NDLANYA adopt-a-school programme,

where they were promoting school development. She said in the Eastern Cape they had adopted Zamokuhle Senior Primary School in Mbizana, Tulang Senior Primary School and Mariazel Senior Secondary School in the Matatiele District, and Siwali Senior Primary School in Lusikisiki. Molefe revealed that they also had a school which they had built from scratch, Nkonkwana Senior Secondary School in Willowvale. Mvoko said they encouraged all other businesses and other stakeholders to ensure that they supported education. “You have to take part in supporting this department, and we are appreciating what these stakeholders have done and this shows that if we could continue doing things like this, our schools could benefit a lot,” said Mvoko. He said the stakeholders should not look to the ANC for assistance, but should rather do what they can. He also encouraged parents to ensure that they kept an eye on their schools to make sure that they would not be vandalised. Speaking on behalf of the family of Sisulu, her niece, Mzwanele Thethiwe, said they were very happy about what these partners had done to lift up the name of her aunt. “This shows that she was a leader. The Thethiwe family is appreciating what you did for our school and also for our family,” said Thethiwe.


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Efata Special School receives audio clinic BABALWA NDLANYA THE Road Accident Fund (RAF) in partnership with the Eastern Cape Department of Education handed over an audio clinic to the Efata School for the Blind and Deaf in Mthatha, last week. The event was attended by the Minister for Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, and the MEC for Education, Mlungisi Mvoko. According to the corporate social responsibility manager, Noluthando Mvabaza, they handed over an audio clinic because they wanted to donate a special device that would assist learners so that they don’t travel to clinics when they need assessments. But for now they had only handed over a temporary structure that would be used as an audio clinic. The main challenge facing the school is that they (school) don’t

own the property. The grounds they are using belong to a private owner, so the equipment would be sent later, as soon as the Department finalised the building of a property that would be owned by the school. The principal of the school, Yolande Mthwa, said they were grateful for the partnership between the Department of Education and the RAF, which would assist the school’s learners. “Now we have the proper access for audiology for the learners because the department has just employed an audiologist for the school, but the equipment was a problem. “Now it is going to be easier because when new learners come to the school, we need to assess them to find out their disability. “It will be easier to find out if they are hard of hearing now because we have this clinic,” said Mthwa. She said that after every two years they had to renew their audio-

gram reports, so now it would be easier for them to apply for any audiology sessions because now they had this clinic on their premises. She said that the government was renting the private property they were using. They were willing to get their own land so that they would be able to build their own property. The Minister for Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, said she was not aware of the challenges facing the school. “This clinic is going to help the learners of the school because most of the time they need these facilities so that they could get the necessary documentation, that is needed by the school. “For instance, when they are going to write their exams, there are official papers that are needed from professionals confirming that each learner requires a special assessment,” said Motshekga.

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Motshekga added that it would be easier now for the learners to get whatever documents they needed. She also said the clinic would help other learners who are in main-

stream schools because they would come to Efata and get the referral letters, and they would be accepted by the authorities because they are coming from an official facility.

Mdoda helps Domestos kick-start their new school toilets campaign REPORTER

WHAT was supposed to be a celebratory event turned into a slightly sombre occasion, as outgoing Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, was confronted by a bleak picture of poor results at the multimillion rand Smuts Ndamase Senior Secondary School in Nkanga village outside Libode on May 2. Motshekga was at the school to officiate at its official handover but ended up expressing her shock at the poor results with the school only managing an unimpressive 13.5% in the 2018 matric results. “The provincial Department of Education has started with the turnaround plan for the school, including the appointment of a new principal, but I just felt, now that I’m here, I must reinforce the work that is being done to turn the school’s performance around,” said Motshekga. School principal, Vuyani Tsama, who started at the school on January 29, 2019, said his turnaround plans were interrupted by a threeweek strike by learners who did not welcome his appointment, calling for his removal as principal. Tsama said they had since instilled a culture of discipline, proper commencement time of teaching and learning, and introduced extra morning and afternoon classes to try to turn the shocking situation around. Nyandeni Local Municipality Mayor, Councillor Mesuli Ngqondwana, who also attended the official

MEC for the Department of Education, Mlungisi Mvoko, with learners from Efata School for the Blind and Deaf, Mthabiseng Mlungisi, Ntombozuko Tonisi and Sibulele Msoli outside their newly donated audio clinic at their school.

RECENTLY, at Thembalethu Primary School in Lusikisiki, a proud Anele Mdoda joined Domestos, partners and donors, to break ground as construction begins for new toilets entirely crowd-funded by South African businesses and citizens. Radio and television presenter Mdoda, who has just been named as Domestos’s official sanitation brand ambassador, said she had been humbled by the enormous support and can’t wait to see how these new toilets, once completed, will change the lives of the school’s learners. The crowd-funding campaign, launched on World Toilet Day, received cash donations of over R130 000 from businesses and con-

sumers, but the bulk of the donations came in kind from a handful of key investors including Norcros SA, Aveng Group, Themba Infrastructure Consulting, MMQSMace and Designdex, who have donated materials and services towards the construction. But Domestos and Mdoda won’t be stopping with just one toilet. Between them they plan on raising funds to start building new toilets in 20 schools this year. “We are on an unstoppable mission to provide clean, safe toilets for all. “Our crowd-funding page remains open and I hope I can once again count on the generosity and kindness of all South Africans to support us. “This may not seem like a lot, but toilets in two more schools will change the lives of so many learners.”

Outgoing Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, left, and Nyandeni Municipality Mayor, Mesuli Ngqondwana, unveil the plaque at the official handover of Smuts Ndamase SSS in Libode. PHOTO:LUVO CAKATA handover ceremony at the school, pledged that the municipality would assist the school in improving its performance. “As the minister proposed a turnaround plan for the school, we want (to study) that plan to see what resources we can help put in place and what special skills are required to reinforce the work done by the teachers, led by the principal. “But we will definitely assist the school in any way we can,” said Ngqondwana. The school was founded in 1997 as

a response to learners having to travel long distances, as the village of Nkanga did not have a high school. Another challenge confronting the school is the annually declining number of registered learners with 575 learners currently registered,. Only 81 learners are registered for Grade 12. It was also revealed at the ceremony that the provincial Education Department had put plans in place to build a state-of-the-art hostel for the school in the near future.

From left are Phumeza Nokwindla (Domestos brand manager), Anele Mdoda (Domestos sanitation brand ambassador) and Mandisa Mbenenge (Unilever PR brand specialist of home care). PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Libode schools benefit from generous donation by local businessman LUVO CAKATA LIBODE businessman and philanthropist, Justice Madolo, has left learenrs from five schools in that area smiling, following a generous donation of much-needed school shoes, stationery and sanitary towels, as part of his annual plough back initiative. Madolo who is the founder and director of Dololo Funeral Parlour, outside Libode, has been ploughing back money and services into his community since he started his business in 2014. He has also assisted by offering free funeral services to those who did not have the money to bury their loved ones, as well as donating food parcels to needy people in his community. Madolo said he normally went to

Libode businessman Justice Madolo.

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schools in the Nyandeni Local Municipality area to identify needy learners and, through the assistance of the teachers, was then able to buy the necessities which were then donated to learners in need.

He further said he would continue assisting his community, as his business was started and became successful through the support of the Libode community. The handover of the donation this year took place at Coza Junior Secondary School, outside Libode, on April 30. Nyandeni Municipality spokesperson Viwe Ndamase, who also witnessed the handover of the donated items, has on behalf of the municipality applauded Madolo’s initiative and called on other entrepreneurs, born and bred in the rural areas, to follow in the footsteps of Madolo and do the same. Schools that benefited from the donation were Mabalengwe Senior Secondary, Coza JSS, Ruze JSS, Mbananga JSS and Ngavungavu JSS.

Students and staff pose with some of the items donated by Dololo Funeral Parlour founder, Justice Madolo.


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Local teen crowned Miss Schools Eastern Cape 2019 LUVO CAKATA SINALO Mngeni (19), from Xhwili locality outside Mthatha, plans to use her reign as Miss Schools Eastern Cape to inspire other young models to believe in their dreams, as well as to champion youth empowerment. Sinalo was recently crowned Miss Schools EC Queen after outclassing 15 other hopefuls at a dazzling event held at Skweyiya Hall in Komani on April 13. Speaking to Express, Mngeni who is currently in Grade 12 at Mthatha International High School, said she would try to use the exposure that came with the Miss Schools EC crown to empower young girls her age, saying she was now busy with a sanitary pad collection drive. She

plans to donate the pads to local schools. She also plans to work with community radio stations to make other aspiring models aware of the Miss Schools EC pageant, so that they can enter in their numbers and keep the crown in Mthatha in 2020. Mngeni said she started taking modelling seriously when she entered and finished third in the 2017 edition of the Miss Mthatha annual pageant. Miss Schools EC founder, Thando Nyangintaka, said the pageant had been growing in leaps and bounds since its inception in 2016. Nyangintaka said it was open to young girls studying at both public and private schools. He said the pageant was conceived with the idea of raising awareness of ills such as women abuse and gender-based violence and their aim, through the pageant, was to make young girls

who participate in the annual event feel special and appreciated as young women. Mngeni thanked Miss Mthatha pageant founder, Sipho Ngceba of SME Entertainment, for discovering and nurturing her talent. She was also grateful for the support of her family during the pageant. Mngeni received a Boston City College bursary to the value of R10 000, a weekend stay at Queens Casino and Hotel, as well as makeup and manicure vouchers as part of her prize for winning the title. Miss Schools EC queen, Sinalo Mngeni, centre, is flanked by first princess Okwethu Ntshika, left, and second princess, Sisipho Zwakala, right. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

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Young star heads to the Big Apple REPORTER NGCOBO resident, Indivile Dangazele (16), will be flying the South African flag high at a talent search competition to be held in New York City in July. The teen’s acting and modelling journey began when she entered the Just You auditions in East London in May last year, where she was scouted by Just You Agency’s director of admissions, Elouise Janse van Rensburg and director, Elsubie Verlinden. Her outstanding performance got her through to the national auditions. Sharing her experience, she said, “It has not been an easy road but all it takes is courage from within and, most important, family support.” Dangazele encouraged her peers from the rural areas to also make use of such platforms. “Do come to auditions and showcase your talent because there are so many casting and career opportunities that come from auditioning for the International Arts Applause Rising Talent Showcase,” she said. The showcase is an annual talent contest, which brings talent from all nine provinces to showcase their performance abilities to international talent scout Kim Myers, director of ARTS, for an opportunity to represent SA abroad. “I will now be performing on Kim Myers’ stage, in front of giant international agencies, producers, record labels, managers and casting directors,” said Dangazele. “I want to thank the International ARTS Talent Showcase and the ARTS Africa team for making my dream a reality. “I recently featured in a national TV commercial, so very soon I’ll be on the screen. Although I am still struggling to get sponsors to pay for my trip, I am confident to say I am ready for New York.”

MINISTER OF TRANSPORT ENGAGED EASTERN CAPE COMMUNITIES ON THE N2WCR PROJECT. Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, hosted an imbizo with the communities of OR Tambo and Alfred Nzo district municipalities and surrounding areas on 6 April this year. The imbizo focused on SANRAL’s (South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd) flagship project, the N2 Wild Coast Road (N2WCR). The event provided a platform to engage on issues relating to the project, particularly delays around construction of the Mtentu Bridge, and providing an update on the Msikaba Bridge. The N2WCR project entails a 410km stretch of road from East London to the Mtamvuna River on the boundary of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. Construction started in 2011 with the major greenfields portion between Port St Johns and Port Edward starting in 2016. It is estimated that approximately R1.5 billion will be saved per annum in time costs for motorists and freight operators. SANRAL will ensure participation of women in this project and engage local business to foster mutually beneficial working relations and to ensure local beneficiation,” said the Minister, responding to requests made by SAWIC and the Wild Coast Business Forum. “We have set ourselves clear goals to allocate over 30 percent of the R9-billion project towards small, medium and micro enterprises that can deliver the maximum benefits to the community through job creation and skills development. We will also ensure participation of women, youth and people living with disabilities in this project,” said Minister Nzimande. Over 8000 full time equivalent direct jobs and 16 000 to 18000 indirect jobs will be created during construction.

Upcoming young model and actress Indivile Dangazele. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

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School, university students educated on asthma REPORTER HAVING celebrated World Asthma Day just two days ago, May 7, the National Asthma Education Programme is focusing on educating school and university students about asthma. Asthma is an important health issue in South Africa, affecting approximately 15 percent of children and 1 in 20 adults. “We are currently running a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter leading up to World Asthma

Day, and we are encouraging people to share their stories, make pledges and raise awareness,” the National Asthma Education Programme (NAEP) said. The NAEP is a non-profit organisation that aims at disseminating impartial information about asthma diagnosis and treatment to health professionals and the South African public. It also runs courses, workshops, and meetings for the public and professionals. South Africa is currently fourth in the world, and first in Africa, in terms of asthma fatalities. According to the

2014 Global Asthma Report, 1.5% of the 3.9 million South Africans die from this preventable disease annually. A recent report by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) revealed that South Africa has the world’s fourth highest asthma death rate among five to 35-year-olds. Of the estimated 3.9 million South Africans with asthma, 1.5% die of this condition annually. Asthma is the third most common cause of hospital admissions of children, yet only 2% of patients with asthma receive treatment. In 2017, a 21-year-old BCom student

died of an asthma attack while on campus at the University of North West, leaving his parents to question whether the institution could have done more to save his life. And in 2016 a 20-year-old Rhodes University student similarly lost her life, again to an asthma attack. It was the death of this student that prompted the foundation of the LJS Foundation, formed by her parents, to raise awareness about asthma and to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and communities. The NAEP’s focus this year is, thus, on school and university students, as

they echo the driving force behind this year’s World Asthma Day. The theme for this year’s World Asthma Day, which is an awarenessraising event organised globally by GINA and locally by the NAEP is “STOP for Asthma.” ) S – Symptom evaluation ) T – Test response ) O – Observe and assess ) P – Proceed to adjust treatment How do we find NAEP on social media? They are on Facebook (@NAEPSA) or Twitter (AsthmaEdu_SA). For more info go to www.asthmasa.org.

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Reporters from different Media Houses in Mthatha posed for Express’s camera at an event held in Tsomo. From left are Ndumi Mpaka from Vukani Community Radio, Sisulu Mbulelo from Daily Sun, Ziyanda Zweni from Daily Sun, Pamela Hlazo from Unitra Community Radio and Phindile Mabhongo from Unitra Community Radio Station.

Dora Makanya, Rehana Surka, Dawn Fraser, Prof. Surka, Mayor for Port St Johns Local Municipality, Nomvuzo Mlombile Cingo, and Zodwa Boateng attended a Street Store Event that was organised by Ubunye Foundation in Port St Johns. PHOTOS: BABALWA NDLANYA

Cinga Dlanjwa and Silindokuhle Zongo dressed for the occasion at North Crest Assemblies in Mthatha.

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Dan’s Tennis Academy hosts tournament BABALWA NDLANYA THE members of Dan’s Tennis Academy hosted a tournament with the aim of commemorating the late legend, Terror Pongwana. The tournament was organised by OR Tambo Tennis Federation at Mthatha Country Club, in Mthatha. The event was held on 27 to 28 April. According to the coach of Dan’s Tennis Academy, King Marshal Nonco, the tournament was jointly organised with the OR Tambo District Municipality. “Pongwana was the chairperson of the tennis federation in the former Transkei and a tennis coach. “We are hosting this tournament in his memory because he was important in the world of tennis,� said Nonco.

He added that the tournament was attended by players from Komani, East London, Mthatha and the Walter Sisulu University Campus in Butterworth. Nonco revealed that the club’s players would be competing in the provincial trials in East London from May 30 to June 1. He said that those selected for the provincial team would play in the national championships in KwaZulu-Natal at the end of June. “The best players in the nationals will be sent to the School of Excellence in Pretoria,� Nonco said.

Players from Dan’s Tennis Academy ready to participate in a tournament to commemorate late legend Terror Pongwana. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

Lencane, Sinqumeni win Ngubesizwe Easter Tournament ANELE RAZIYA LENCANE Football Club and Sinqumeni netball team were the big winners at the Ngubesizwe Easter Tournament, which was held at the Excellence sport ground in Dutywa recently.

Pictured are the Ngubesizwe Easter Tournament winners, Lencane FC.

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The tournament started over the Easter long weekend, but heavy rainfall disrupted it and forced the final games to be played on Sunday, April 28. The tournament started with 10 soccer and netball teams who were taking part but eight of them were eliminated before the finals. Sinqumeni FC faced Lencane FC in the soccer final, while on the netball court, Lubomvini Girls battled with Sinqumeni Girls in the final. In front of a great turnout of football supporters, who were singing and dancing while enjoying the final game, Lencane FC have managed to beat stubborn Sinqumeni FC 2–1. In netball, Sinqumeni Girls won 9–7 in

Wophela returns from champs empty handed HOSEYA JUBASE ZAMBIAN amateur flyweight boxer, Patrick Chinyemba (26), destroyed a local boxer’s dreams of going to the African Games undefeated, after knocking out Siyamthanda Wophela (23) in a first bout in Gaberone, Botswana, last week, during the Zone 4 Championships. The event took place between April 21 to April 28. The 2018 South African champion and 2019 international gold medallist landed home in Mthatha on April 29, empty handed, saying he learned a lot of lessons and gained experience from other boxers competing in Botswana. He described the bout against Chinyemba as the most difficult fight of his career. “I can assure you those SADC boxers are very powerful. “Chinyemba was one of the most energetic and powerful boxers I have ever fought against,� he said. Wophela is expected to correct all the mistakes he made in Botswana as he prepares for the African Games, to be held in Morocco from Monday, June 3. The fighter from Khulani Boxing Club in Wa-

terfall admitted that he lacked the skills and energy to defeat the powerful Zambian boxer. Wophela promised a big return at the African Games next month and vowed to also do well at the 2020 Olympic Games, which will be held in Tokyo. After defeating Wophela in the opening bout,

Chinyemba proved to be unstoppable. He progressed to the finals, where he won the gold medal against Molatlehgi Kobamelo from Botswana. Zambia recorded a total of seven medals at the Zone 4 Championships, which include one gold, three silver and four bronze medals.

their final match, beating the Lubomvini Girls. Lencane FC went home with R3 000 plus a trophy, soccer ball and gold medals, while runners-up Sinqumeni FC were awarded R1 500 and a soccer ball. At the netball prize-giving, Sinqumeni Girls won R1 500 plus a ball and medals, while Lubomvini received a R700 cash prize and a ball. Event organiser, Lukhanyo Mahlanza, thanked all teams who took part in the annual Ngubesizwe Easter Tournament and also appreciated the support of Mbhashe local Municipality including the local business. Mahlanza said the aim of the tournament since its inception in 2016 was to develop sport in the rural areas and also to take the youth away from drugs and crime. Next year, he promised, the tournament would be organised to keep motivating the youth to play sport instead of engaging in social ills such as alcohol, drugs and crime.

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